We’re excited to share that our first Lancaster Community Quilt Project is now completed and on display in our space at Rabbit & Rocket!  Read the story below this gallery of photos…

Story of This Quilt
The quilt was created to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Lancaster’s native son, Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman.

It was created by 48 women of Lancaster and Fairfield County who each sewed a block using reproduction Civil War fabrics. Each quilter chose their block from one of ten Civil War era patterns: Broken Dishes, Shoofly, Nine Patch, Log Cabin, Ohio Star, Sailboat, Rose Wreath, Fan, Flying Geese, and Bear Paw. The patterns’ levels of difficulty allowed beginners to expert quilters to participate. Our only request was that each quilter complete a 12-1/2 x 12-1/2 inch block using reproduction or other fabric in Civil War colors – their selection of color and fabric design was entirely their own.  Their method for completing the blocks was entirely their own.

The original plan was to host an in-shop Community Quilting Day. The quilters were scheduled to appear on Saturday, March 21, 2020. They were to sew their blocks at appointed times starting at 9:00 AM, completing all 48 by 9:00 PM that evening. Volunteer embroiderers were to stitch each quilter’s sash signature through the day as blocks were completed.

But, the COVID-19 pandemic arrived just days before. All public gatherings and retail operations were prohibited. The Community Quilting Day was no more.

After reopening the shop, we contacted the quilters to restart the project. A handful of those who had previously committed were regretfully unable to provide their blocks. The good women of the Olivedale Quilting Group stepped in to assist and within a couple of weeks, all 48 assigned blocks were completed in homes around the county and delivered to the shop.

The leader of our shop quilting team, Andrea Verley, assembled and quilted that now hangs in the shop. It was placed on display July 16, 2020. The quilt’s next destination is The Sherman House Museum just up Main Street from our shop location.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the quilting women of our community for their generous donation of time and talent. Because each contributor selected their own pattern and fabric design, this quilt is a beautiful representation of how many individual visions join together as a celebration of community connection.

Stay tuned – we’re working up our next Community Quilt Project and hope you will join us!

Block Quilters
Alicia Keeler, Andrea Verley, Angi Skinner, Anne Cornejo, Avis Smith, Barbara Roach, Becky Jewell, Becky Morey, Becky VanWinkle, Betty Doolittle, Carol Lowe, Cher West, Chris Shirer, Dana McVay, Denise Wright, Diana Chuvalas, Donna Bush, Donna Paul, Jane Faught, Janet Irwin, Janis Butcher, Jennifer Strope, Judy Reid, Karen Oslanzi, Kathy Cassidy, Lee Anne Dye, Linda Beverly, Lindy Wesney, Lynn McDaniel, Margie Gossel, Margret Mendoza, Marilyn Lysinger, Marsha Lott, Mary Rutter, Mary Stoecker, Nancy Crissinger, Peggy McDevitt, Rita Wesney, Ruth Conrad, Ruth Holt, Sharyn Evans, Sherrie Kelley, Sheryl Sharp, Susan Goodman, Susan Thogmartin, Toni Carter, Valarie Hoffman, Vickie McConnell

Signature Embroiderers
Amy McIntire, Andrea Verley, Chris Shirer, Nancy Crissinger, Rita Wesney, Toni Carter

Final Quilt Assembly, Design & Quilting
Andrea Verley